We run a number of courses aimed at assisting people becoming familiar with bees, deciding if keeping bees is for them, learning some basics and deciding on a hive style.
Meet the Bees
At the Shared Apiary, we run regular 'Meet the Bees' sessions. These have been very popular as small group sessions learning interesting facts on bees and experiencing the wonder of opening a hive and observing the complex colony. This is a great opportunity for deciding if beekeeping is for you. Get together a group sharing the experience with friends and family. The courses only run between October and March, and are weather dependent to suit the bees. All sessions have suits and gloves supplied. The classes are limited to small numbers.
$55 for 1.5 hour session The Shared Apiary, Firthside Bookings essential.
B4 - Wednesday 16 January 2019 Meet the Bees 10am
B5 - Saturday 2 February 2019 Meet the Bees 10am
B6 - Wednesday 6 March 2019 Meet the Bees 10am
Have you been looking for a course on beekeeping? Beginner Bees provides a mix of theory and practice to get you started with bees. Learn where to locate the hive, inspect it, and how to work positively with the bees. Learn the essentials to ensure your bees stay alive and thrive through the seasons.
Friday 4 January 2019 9.30 to 4.30pm
Saturday 19 January 2019 9.30 - 4.30pm
Saturday 16 February 2019 9.30 - 4.30pm
Friday 22 February 2019 9.30 - 4.30pm
Saturday 2 March 2019 9.30 - 4.30pm
Saturday 23 March 2019 9.30 - 4.30pm
other classes by arrangement for groups of 4-6
The Shared Apiary, Firthside Small class size $220.00
Learn to Build a Warre Hive
The Warre or people's hive is excellent for natural beekeeping practice. It is easily built and provides an attractive hive in your garden. The hive is becoming increasingly popular and this course introduces you to the principles of the hive, explores how it is managed as a beekeeper, its construction, considerations for the cool Tasmanian climate and some hands on experience in building the hive. The course includes a hive box you get to keep. Plans provided. Carpentry experience is not necessary. Classes at The Shared Apiary, Firthside.
W5 Saturday 12 January 2019 9.30 - 12N
W6 Saturday 9 February 2019 9.30 - 12N
W7 Saturday 6 April 2019 9.30 - 12N
Bookings essential. Limited to 4 participants. $150
Coming soon to NBT Classes
We will soon announce dates for Equipment Building Sessions which will help people get set up early for the next Spring season. Details of design pros and cons, box construction, frames and foundation options, hive mats, bottom boards and lids, quilting boxes and finishing of hives. These course will be available through Autumn and Winter. Be ready for your first swarm or starter hive.
We will also be offering an Advanced Session on Reading Frames & Brood Patterns